Education and science at ETU for the sustainable development of the international community

Education and science at ETU for the sustainable development of the international community

St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" entered the THE University Impact Rankings, presented by the Times Higher Education.

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On April 3, the British edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) published the results of the THE University Impact Rankings. The study assesses the contribution of universities around the world to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the UN. More than 500 universities from around the world submitted their data to participate in the ranking. Among the 29 Russian universities, the rating includes four St. Petersburg institutions of higher education: Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI."

ETU "LETI" ranked in the 201-300 group of the overall THE University Impact Rankings. The university also entered individual rankings in 10 SDGs: Good Health and Well-being (301+ group), Quality Education (301+), Gender Equality (201-300), Decent Work and Economic Growth ( 37), Industry Innovation and Infrastructure (201-300), Reduced Inequalities (201+), Sustainable Cities and Communities (201+), Climate Action (39), Peace Justice and Strong Institutions (201+), Partnerships for the Goal (301+).

“The entry of ETU “LETI” into the THE University Impact Rankings is the merit of the entire university team - faculty, staff, and students. We maintain a friendly and warm atmosphere for which the university is famous throughout the world. ETU provides access to many educational resources for students from any country, tries to involve future young scientists in university life from school. We also pay great attention to the implementation of the concept of Lifelong Learning. University's training programs are highly appreciated by representatives of the business community.”

Viktor Sheludko, Rector of ETU "LETI"

ETU “LETI” showed the highest result in the Decent Work and Economic Growth - 37th place. Success is associated with the adoption of the university's Ethical Code in 2017, which enshrines the principles of equality and fairness in relation to all categories of workers, as well as the work of the ETU “LETI” Trade Union of Employees, where each employee can turn to protect their rights.

Another high result for ETU was the 39th position in the Climate Action SDG, due to the activities of the Research Institute of Emergency Prediction and Monitoring Systems (Prognoz Research Institute) - a university department formed in 1992. Institute's laboratories conduct research on environmental forecasting and modeling the development of situations in various environments, monitoring the state of natural and artificial objects, forecasting and preventing emergency situations, as well as in many other areas with military and civilian use.

Moreover, the authors of the rating noted the contribution to the implementation of the Quality Education SDG as a strength of ETU "LETI." Success is associated with the openness of the university to the public, as well as the active work within the School - University - Enterprise model. Every year, a scientific-practical conference entitled “Science of the Present and the Future” takes place at ETU, where schoolchildren from all over the country take part. An important project for a university is the development of a technology park on the basis of the Kudrovo Education Center. In addition, the university develops programs of continuing education and retraining of specialists.

For reference

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a set of 17 goals for international cooperation developed by the United Nations (UN) that are planned to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs are aimed at strengthening the health of all nations, fighting inequality, poverty, hunger and the consequences of global climate change, improving people's access to education, drinking water, labor, and affordable energy, and promoting ideas of social justice and peace.

To assess the contribution of universities to the SDGs implementation, the British Times Higher Education magazine, together with the United Nations, created a pilot project of THE University Impact Rankings, which compares universities by 11 indicators from the general list of SDGs, which are related to the activities of universities.